Emergency Dentist Serving Arlington Heights
Dr. Ernest Costello and Dr. Jay DeHart understand the urgency and panic that dental emergencies can cause, which is why our team is here for you 24 hours a day in these situations. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back to your daily routine in a comforting office atmosphere where you feel well taken care of. If you or loved one is experiencing a severe dental injury, don’t wait – contact Costello Dental right away to schedule a complimentary appointment! We also welcome patients from Barrington and Palatine, among other surrounding areas.
Are you unsure about the severity of your condition? Here are some of the most common cases that our team would classify as emergencies:
- Cracked tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Painful toothache
- Object stuck in the mouth
- Lost crown
- Lost filling
- Soft tissue injury
If you’re experiencing heavy oral bleeding that isn’t subsiding with pressure or a possibly broken jaw, please go straight to your nearest emergency room. After your initial care, our team can offer you quality reconstructive and cosmetic solutions to rebuild your smile as needed.
There are some simple precautions patients of all ages can take to keep their smile safer over time. Always rely on scissors and not your teeth to open tricky packaging. Wear a mouthguard when playing your favorite sport, and avoid chewing on hard candy, popcorn kernels, and ice when necessary to avoid damage. Above all else, make sure to attend routine appointments with our staff! We can catch and treat dental problems before they ever get the chance to develop into emergencies.
Dental Emergency FAQs
The team at Costello Dental understand that accidents happen, and when they do, you need to be prepared. While panicking might be the first thought, it’s best if you first try to stay calm and call our office to alert us to the situation and schedule an appointment. Until we are able to see you, we want you to feel confident in being able to handle the situation at home, so you can expect us to walk you through the steps of what you should do. But to shed a bit more light on how to best be prepared, our emergency dentist in Arlington Heights has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to review.
Why is it better to see an emergency dentist?
Some people assume that if it’s an emergency, the best place to seek help is the local emergency room. While in certain situations like continued bleeding or a fractured, dislocated jaw the ER is the best place to go, an emergency dentist can swiftly address almost all types of dental injuries. Not only will your dentist in Arlington Heights have the tools and equipment to effectively treat your problem, but they will also be able to recommend solutions to fix the problem. There’s no lag time in learning what is next in restoring your oral health by seeing an emergency dentist.
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
Whether caused by a flying football to the mouth or falling off a bike, a knocked-out tooth can be alarming. The first step is to retrieve the tooth, if possible, and rinse it off. Be careful not to touch the root, only the crown. Once it is thoroughly rinsed off, try to reinsert it into the vacated socket. If this proves unsuccessful, place the tooth in a container of milk or between your teeth and cheek.
You’ll need to call our office as soon as the accident happens, as time is of the essence. If seen within one hour of the accident, our team might be able to save the tooth. However, if too much time has passed, we will need to look at other restorative options to replace the missing tooth.
How do I dislodge an object that is stuck in my teeth?
It’s important that you remember never to use anything other than dental floss to remove an object that is stuck between your teeth. Tools such as forks, pliers, or any other type of inanimate object can be extremely harmful and dangerous. Should you find that there is something stuck in your teeth, take a strip of dental floss and gently work it back and forth between the area in question.
If you are unable to remove the item, our team has the necessary tools and equipment to safely and effectively dislodge it and provide quick relief from any pain or discomfort.
What if a dental emergency happens while I’m traveling?
Although you might be tempted to hold off until you return home to seek treatment, this can be harmful to your oral health. Not to mention the discomfort you’ll be in throughout your trip. If an accident happens while you are away from home, find a local dentist who can help. Once the problem is taken care of, you’ll need to let our office know of the situation once you return home. This will help us to determine if you should come in for an examination or additional treatment, and it will help us to keep your records updated.